Apple has become the Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, and will now be assisting the fund scale its organization with latest technology, says a press release issued over the weekend.
The statement said that the partnership will enable the fund expand its efforts to support girls’ education and advocate for equal opportunity.
“With Apple’s support, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network and extend funding programs to India and countries in Latin America,” it said, adding that the initial goal is to extend secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.
“Apple will help Malala Fund scale its organization by assisting with technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes needed to help girls everywhere attend school and complete their education,” Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer, was quoted as saying.
“We believe that education is a great equalizing force, and we share Malala Fund’s commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school,” Cook says. “Malala is a courageous advocate for equality. She’s one of the most inspiring figures of our time, and we are honored to help her extend the important work she is doing to empower girls around the world.”
Cook will now join the Malala Fund’s leadership council.
“My dream is for every girl to choose her own future,” said Malala Yousafzai. “Through both their innovations and philanthropy, Apple has helped educate and empower people around the world. I am grateful that Apple knows the value of investing in girls and is joining Malala Fund in the fight to ensure all girls can learn and lead without fear.”
Malala Fund has been working in partnership with other organizations around the world to realize every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, and quality education since 2013. The fund’s Gulmakai Network supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.